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[Q] Before selling phone, what is the most secure way to wipe / erase information?

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By beastfromtheeast, Member on 16th March 2011, 08:43 PM
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Are there any deep erasing apps out there that can zero the bytes or perform dod style erase methods? I'm trying to erase the internal memory (not the microsd) of the phone. How can I make sure its not recoverable when selling it?

Its just that it contains work related information that I wouldn't want someone trying to recover if they happen to be that type of person.
 
 
16th March 2011, 08:46 PM |#2  
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Ι guess, reflashing it should do the job, and then just mess around with install-uninstall applications, a lot!
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17th March 2011, 01:35 AM |#3  
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The only way to recover data from phone memory if deleted is with taking phone apart and taking flash memory out(this includes melting down pins). And than put this flash on some other circut board.

Just so that you know how hard is it, enough for most people.

For exstremist what the poster before me said, writing and deleting many times. You could do that on rootet phone with some root explorer program. If you didn use custom ROMs you only need to take care of /data partition, if you did flash a bit DATA partition can move maybe(no sure) so you should do same for /system. Flashing ROM writes to some of system partition, the remainder fill it us with some trash files and to again

I heard 20 times is what makes it 100% FBI secure. But 2 times should make it 99.999% secure anyway

Edit: That 20 number is for hard drives with same special machines. I am not sure how it is with flash, maybe one rewrite makes it totaly unrecoverable already. If you only worried for softwere recovery once is enough.
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17th March 2011, 07:55 AM |#4  
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I will also give an example. Suppose you have some critical info on your SD card. If you delete that info, you can't rest assured that your critical info has been deleted. Because system just shows it has been deleted. Until something else fills up the same sectors /space on your card, it wont be permanently deleted. But now, if you fill up your whole SD card with, say, videos and songs, then your critical info is really gone. Though simpler solution to do this is to format the SD card.

Same applies for internal memory. You must flash a new rom and fill the data space fully with other apps. Do it without activating/logging in your gmail. Once it's done, you can reflash it with wiping everything from recovery and give/sell to someone as a fresh phone.
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In other words fill ur SD with trash,.
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I haven't rooted the phone yet. If I do root just to flash a rom and fill space, will I be able to flash back the original rom and make it so that it was never rooted in the first place?
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i wud "dd" all my phone's partition in recovery mode(manually mount them use df in normal mode to know wats mounted) and then flash stock rom using that kdz thing...

PS ..u cud also "dd" your sdcard using
dd if=/dev/random of=/dev/sdb bs=5M count=1000

(/dev/sdb is assumed as your sdcard drive )
5M*1000=5000MB wiped multiply acc to your card's capacity
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17th March 2011, 06:12 PM |#8  
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Quote:
Originally Posted by beastfromtheeast

I haven't rooted the phone yet. If I do root just to flash a rom and fill space, will I be able to flash back the original rom and make it so that it was never rooted in the first place?

Yes flashing some original ROM with KDZ (there is a thread with instructions somewhere) makes it like it was from the factory.
17th March 2011, 06:31 PM |#9  
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You r not rooted. In this case:
1.factory reset.
2.install futile apps till your internal memory is full.
3.factory reset again and you are done.
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is there any way to install apps without adding a google account and d/l from the market?
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yes
download them to your pc
move them to your sd card and install them from there
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